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October 24, 2013 |
No one ever accused me of stealing my own baby, but I know what it feels like to be the olive-skinned, dark-eyed mother of a fair-haired, blue-eyed biological child. It's a little weird. But it's not exactly rare. When I heard about the two Roma families in Ireland whose young kids were snatched up this week by police on suspicion they'd been stolen because they were lighter-complected than the rest of their family, I had a creepy feeling. Sure enough, the children, a now-traumatized 7-year-old girl from a Dublin suburb and 2-year-old boy from a town in the Irish Midlands, turned out to be genetic matches with their parents.
January 13, 2014 |
HOUSTON -- Big-game hunters in Texas stirred controversy over the weekend by auctioning off a rare African permit to hunt the endangered black rhino in the name of conservation. Dallas Safari Club officials have said they faced threats leading up to Saturday's private auction and had contacted the FBI. Protesters gathered outside the city's convention center, where the auction was held during the club's annual meeting. Opposition to the move was vented online by celebrities including Mia Farrow , William Shatner and former "Price Is Right" host Bob Barker . Barker released an online letter to the club via the animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals that likened hunting an aged rhino to taking out a senior citizen.
July 17, 2011 |
"Florence has changed," my friend Alessandra told me on the phone. "There's a new spirit here. " "I don't believe it," I said. "I know Florentines; they're conservative people who hate change. " "Come and see for yourself. I'm going on a trip. You can have my apartment," Alessandra said. It was an offer I couldn't refuse. Although Florence was the birthplace of the Renaissance, and its entire center has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, both of us worried that it had become tourist hell.
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November 8, 2013 |
Deborah Cohan, nervous about undergoing double mastectomy, did what few would be willing to do: get down to Beyonce for a flash mob dance party with her surgical team. A video of the dance party at Mt. Zion Hospital in San Francisco -- Cohan dancing near a gurney, her surgical team suited up and gyrating around her to Beyonce's "Get Me Bodied" -- went viral on the Internet. Cohan, recovering after being released on Wednesday, has been lauded for turning a difficult ordeal into an inspiration for others around the world.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 2011 |
A prominent Beverly Hills psychiatrist who has helped decide hundreds of child-custody disputes was thrown off one recent case and has been challenged in at least two others after posting lewd photos of himself on Facebook and allegedly promoting illegal drug use, unprotected sex and male prostitution. Dr. Joseph Kenan, president of the American Society for Adolescent Psychiatry, is also being investigated by the Medical Board of California on at least four complaints by parents who hired him to do custody evaluations, according to records and correspondence reviewed by The Times.
March 22, 2013 |
That time you're spending on Facebook may not be wasted productivity, after all. At least, that's what yet another Facebook-based study has found. You may remember Stuart Smiley, the fey self-affirmation addict portrayed on "Saturday Night Live" by now-Sen. Al Franken. He stares into the mirror and declares, "I'm good enough, I'm smart enough and, dog gone it, people like me. " That's what Facebook does, according to a study published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.
July 30, 2012 |
A start-up company said it's leaving Facebook because 80% of its ad clicks are coming from bots. Musician site Limited Run said Facebook also won't let it change its Pages name unless it commits to buy $2,000 in advertsing on the social network per month. Limited Run said it plans to delete its Facebook page because only 20% of the ad clicks it gets come from Facebook users. The rest come from bots, or web robots, which are software programs that run automated tasks quickly. The company, which goes by its Limited Pressing on Facebook, said it used six analytic services and its own analysis to find out discovered that bots make most of the ad clicks.
July 12, 2013 |
We discovered the Ruin about 12 years ago when it was a small, abandoned stone house. We were hiking in Pioneertown's Pipes Canyon, and there it was, all by itself in a cove-like setting of boulders and desert plants and barely the remains of a road to get to it. We hiked back about a year after and the roof had been knocked in, or it had caved in after years of weather and neglect. A few months later, on another visit, we saw the western wall where the front door and window once stood were gone.
November 5, 2013 |
Early last week, Rachel Poole, the Texas wife of an overseas soldier anticipating the birth of their daughter, posted on her Facebook page: “ 10 days and counting....... Can not wait until Izzy gets here!!!!! These past six months have gone so slowly. The end is finally in sight. Anxious for my family to be together!!!” Today, Poole's family is reunited, but the last week has been nothing like planned. On Wednesday, Poole, 31, was on the phone with her husband when a man armed with a knife broke into their El Paso home.
February 22, 2012 |
Can a person's Facebook profile reveal what kind of employee he or she might be? The answer is yes, and with unnerving accuracy, according to a new paper published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology. And if you are smugly thinking to yourself, "I've carefully wiped my Facebook page of any incriminating photos, comments and wall posts," - well, it turns out you may still not have hidden your true nature from future employers: On a rating scale that examines key personality attributes that indicate future job success, you might get rated high in conscientiousness and possibly low on extroversion.